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Pretty Penne Ham Skillet Recipe
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Pretty Penne Ham Skillet Recipe

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I'm a busy nurse, so fast meals are a must. This pasta is a tasty change of pace from potato-ham casseroles. —Kathy Stephan, West Seneca, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 567 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 1,344 mg sodium, 62 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add ham, red pepper and onion; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until ham is browned and vegetables are tender. Add garlic and herbs; cook 1-2 minutes longer.
  2. Stir in broth and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Add pasta; toss to combine. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Pretty Penne Ham Skillet in Taste of Home December/January 2006, p29

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 567 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 1,344 mg sodium, 62 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"My family and I really like this recipe. It has become one of my favorite uses for leftover ham. The sweetness of the ham is nicely combined with the other ingredients. Use a very deep and large skillet since this makes a lot of food. I like to substitute in a package of thawed, frozen broccoli or peas for the bell pepper. I used a little less fat."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"5 star"

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"This recipe is a great start, but I wasn't impressed with it as written. First off, it seems like way too much oil/butter. I did what was written to start, but ended up draining a lot of oil while the ham/veggies were cooking. Having the peppers in while the sauce simmered/reduced left them super soggy and soft. I don't like the texture of the penne with the chunks of ham either, but that might just be a personal preference.

I really liked the flavor of the sauce, so I might try this again, but with several changes. I would cut the butter/oil at least in half, probably would try asparagus instead of a bell pepper, not have the pepper/asparagus/whatever in the sauce while it reduces, and I would use a different type of pasta - perhaps rotini."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

"I used small shells for the pasta. Great easy meal."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2014

"This was quite good. Only had dried herbs but was still very flavorful. Will definitely make again."

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